Series Recap

Series recap: Yankees trounce Tribe in sweep

These New York Yankees are some kind of hot. Winners of 14-of-15 for the first time since 1998 and 15-of-16 for the first time since 1980, the Bronx Bombers are riding high and proving to be a tough out. After disposing of the defending champion Houston Astros, by taking 3-of-4 at Houston, the boys in pinstripes broke out the brooms and broke another closer in the process.

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The Yankees depth is truly remarkable. Miguel Andujar, Gleyber Torres, Domingo German and even Neil Walker played key roles in dispatching the Cleveland Indians.

GAME 1

There were plenty of swings in the Yankees 7-6 walk-off victory.

STAUNCH SABATHIA

Speaking of 1998, CC Sabathia is channeling David Wells of late. Facing his former squad, Sabathia fanned seven in six scoreless frames, yielding three hits. The outing lowered his ERA to 1.39 on the campaign.

BRONX BOMBING

During the fourth inning, Torres smashed his first major league homer, a three-run shot off Josh Tomlin. Much like Derek Jeter, Torres’ first career homer came against the Tribe.

Aaron Judge also cranked his eighth home run of the season.

In the ensuing frame, Gary Sanchez took Tomlin out of the yard and the Yankees were up 5-0.

BULLPEN HICCUP

When the eighth inning rolled around, it almost appeared as if the Indians were relieved to see any pitcher who wasn’t Sabathia. Chasen Shreve yielded a three-run homer to Bradley Zimmer and Jose Ramirez tied the contest on a two-run tater against David Robertson.

After a pro at-bat by Judge in the home half coaxed a bases-loaded walk against Alexi Ogando, to re-take the lead, Aroldis Chapman uncorked his second of two wild pitches in the ninth, enabling Yan Gomes to score and tie the game for Cleveland.

MIGGY MAGIC

Giancarlo Stanton started the bottom of the ninth with a double off Ogando. With Allen on, a one-out ground ball by Sanchez, advanced Stanton to third. After Walker walked, it was Andujar providing the heroics with a walk-off single to right.

GAME 2

In a 5-2 victory, the Yankees received another quality start, waited out the Indians and took advantage of some miscues, scoring Cinco runs on Cinco de Mayo.

SONNY NO BALONEY

Sonny Gray was in quite the groove. fanning seven across six frames, allowing two runs on four hits and two walks. Gray’s only real blip was a solo homer by Francisco Lindor in the fifth, which provided the Indians with a 1-0 advantage.

OPPORTUNITY WALKS

During the sixth, the Yankees lineup cashed in. Following two consecutive walks, Torres singled off Trevor Bauer to load the bases. An Austin Romine walk tied the game at one. Ensuing batter Ronald Torreyes reached on an E6, which allowed two runs to score. A sac fly by Brett Gardner, who also added an RBI-single in the seventh, made it 4-1 Yankees.

BULLPEN REDEMPTION

A bounce back by the bullpen helped ride out the victory. Chad Green fanned four in two flawless frames. Robertson notched the save with a pair of K’s in the ninth.

GAME 3

In what felt like three games rolled into one, the Yankees came out on top with some historical performances, 7-4.

DOMINGO DOMINANT ON DOMINGO

Making his first major league start, German was locked in a duel with Mike Clevinger. In six no-hit frames, German whiffed nine and walked two. Had it not been for a pitch count, German may have pulled off the no-hitter. Conversely, Clevinger yielded one hit in 7.1 innings.

BULLPEN BLOWUP

While Dellin Betances carried the combined no-no into the eighth, it was clear he was pushed to his pitch limit. In the eighth, Tyler Naquin drove in Rajai Davis with a single to center. A Lindor double of Jonathan Holder plated Gomes. Following a passed ball by Sanchez, Jason Kipnis lifted a sac fly to left.

HOME HALF RALLY

Facing a clearly tiring Allen in the home half, an RBI-single to center by Gardner and a slicing two-run, two-out double to right by Judge, cut the Cleveland lead to 4-3.

GLEYBER GOOD. GLEYBER GREAT. GLEYBER GONE!

In the ninth, after Hicks and Walker traded places with consecutive doubles to tie the game, an intentional walk to the pinch-hitter Stanton set the stage for Torres. Facing Dan Otero, Torres smacked a three-run bomb to the bullpen in dead center for the walk-off win. Torres became the youngest Yankees player to ever hit a walk-off home run.

ON DECK

At 24-10, the Yankees will host the Boston Red Sox in a three-game series.

Pitching probable, Drew Pomeranz vs. Luis Severino, David Price vs. Masahiro Tanaka,  Rick Porcello vs. CC Sabathia.

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